Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb. 18: Our final insanities.


A note to the Canadian Legion....Is this the world that Canadians fought and died for in World War Two? A world of non stop wars in which the U.S. has killed over twenty million people to serve the greed of American (and western in general) billionaires? Is this why Canadians died in Korea and Afghanistan?

How can the Legion be silent on this?
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A  reminder for Canadians about their mass murder of indigenous peoples.

We were nice to indigenous peoples? Well, no. We stole this country from them. We killed those who were in the way. Contrary to popular belief, our indigenous peoples had well functioning societies. Women,  unlike ours, were considered important. We destroyed their economies, overroad their laws, destroyed their agriculture, then stuffed the survivors into tiny reserves where we made promises that were never honoured.

https://www.facinghistory.org/stolen-lives-indigenous-peoples-canada-and-indian-residential-schools/historical-background/dispossession-destruction-and-reserves

And it hasn't ended. They're blocking our railways? Okay. We'll have to kill some of them to please our oil billionaires who only do good things. And we love our oil billionaires who ignore the damage they are doing - and for which we are giving them 15 billion dollars of our taxes.

What else can indigenous people do but block our railways? I mean, they don't have an RCMP like we have - or an army.

What the hell are we doing filling the pockets of oil billionaires so they can run their dangerous pipepline over indigenous land? What if indigenous people were overrunning the oil fields? Would we be sending RCMP, with guns, to protect oil billionaires?  (You can bet we would.)

Justin Trudeau is a child of the very rich who sees the world only from the point of view of the very rich.
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Two British storms have devastated Britain - and part of Europe. But most  Canadian and American news media seem uninterested. So far, there have been at least three of these storms just recently. No-one has offered any explanation of why such fierce storms are happening.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/15/anger-and-fear-across-uk-as-second-storm-breaks-ciara-dennis

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/uk-storm-dennis-1.5465377

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/gallery/pictures-horrendous-flooding-caused-storm-17757436
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/18/mexico-kidnappers-migrants-trump-immigration

The western world has created these masses of migrants by plundering their countries, overthrowing governments, reducing the conquered people to poverty, and by destroying environments with wars aimed largely at the civilian population, and climate destruction.

And we don't lift a finger to compensate for what has been done.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/18/world-leaders-urged-to-step-back-from-precipice-of-ecological-ruin-aoe

Our history, at least in the western world, has been a history of greed followed by disaster for over 2000 years. And we got even worse as we Christianized.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-pope-francis-amazon

Bolsonaro is a happy killer of indigenous people in Brazil, and an environmental disaster for the Amazon rain forest - which means a disaster for all of us.

But both Trump and Trudeau think he's a great guy.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-pipeline-protests-house-1.5466878

The oil billionaires wanted a gift from us of 15 billion dollars. And Trudeau promised that with a big smile. Indigenous people  complained about an oil pipline going through the land. Wouldn't you if it was your land? But they're not allowed to complain.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-netanyahu-trial-date-1.5466913________________________________________________________

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/02/rail-blockades-are-proving-be-effective-non-violent-response
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/02/are-teachers-overpaid-defense-teacher-salaries
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https://www.thenation.com/article/environment/coronavirus-habitat-loss/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/society/trump-immigration-sanctuary-cities/
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In thirty years, we have done.....nothing....

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/18/extreme-weather-could-spark-economic-recession-likes-which-weve-never-seen-research

In fact, Canadian tax money is funding our capitalists to do even less than they have been doing.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/the-lancet-publishes-letter-from-doctors-end-torture-and-medical-neglect-of-julian-assange

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/julian-assange-must-be-freed-not-betrayed
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/methane-leakage-makes-australia-a-world-leading-per-capita-greenhouse-gas-polluter
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/billionaire-bloomberg-aims-buy-us-presidency/5703927
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghan-troops-say-taliban-brothers-war-not-really-our-fight/5703879

The U.S. has been fighting wars almost nonstop since the landing of the pilgrim fathers. The biggest flop has been the war in Afghanistan in which the U.S. (like it's predecessor, Russia) with all it's billions of dollars and huge army and air force has not been able to gain an inch against a small and primitive army in almost twenty years.

It's really how one of the biggest and richest and most powerful countries (and most addicted to war) in world history has long since lost in Afghanistan, just as it also lost to relatively poor and small  Vietnam, and to North Korea and Cuba.
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And even Bernie Sanders has the American disease....

https://www.globalresearch.ca/sanders-tells-new-york-times-he-would-consider-preemptive-strike-against-iran-north-korea/5703849
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Well, I don't know what to think of this one.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/53001.htm

And, if possible, I'd like to not think about it.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52998.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/13/opinion/powerful-example-wetsuweten-resistance

The oil companies have the nerve to ask the federal government to pay for their oil pipeline - with our tax  money - for at least fifteen billion dollars. Why are we offering charity, our tax money, to the super rich?  Fifteen billion dollars. We could use that to house and feed our homeless - perhaps even enforce a useful minimum wage.  Perhaps to get serious about the damage politicians are doing to our public schools.

Why on earth are we handing over our billions to people who already have billions? And why are we letting our billionaires off from paying taxes like the rest of us?
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https://off-guardian.org/2020/02/18/buying-elections-the-bloomberg-meme-campaign/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-acquittal-has-ushered-in-a-new-era-of-mccarthyist-purges/
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We Canadians are lucky. We get excellent health care available to all of us because, in Canada, we have a national health care system designed to meet the needs of all of us.  (And it didn't come from the Liberals or Conservatives. It was forced on them by the old CCF.)

In the U.S. the purpose of health care is not to serve human need. It's to make huge profits for the wealthy. That way, most Americans can't afford to get sick. And it's also horribly expensive to operate.

https://truthout.org/articles/medicare-for-all-would-save-450-billion-and-prevent-68000-deaths-every-year/
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https://truthout.org/articles/wildfires-threaten-north-american-water-supplies/

Yes, it can and almost certainly will happen in Canada and the U.S.
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These are times far more dangerous than most of our news media are telling us.
Thanks to our insistence on fighting eternal wars to please our non taxpaying billionaires; thanks to the unlimited greed of our billionaires, we are heading for one hell of a crash.

We have all become Hitler's  children. Hitler, too, fought wars to please German billionaires just as we fight them to please our billionaires.

(The American constitution says that all people are created equal. That's nonsense. It wasn't true when it was written back in 1776, American poor, for example, were often denied the right to vote from the start. Women are still struggling to be equal. And native peoples certainly weren't treated equally. Nor are Blacks. Nor have Canadians ever been treated equally.)

Americans and Canadians have always been governed by those political puppets who are owned by the wealthy. And to please the wealthy, we now ignore everything else to devote our time to killing foreigners even as the world is crashing in now - on us.

Our super rich are not just murderous and thieving and. They are and have been from the start drowned in a stupidity created by their own greed.




















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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feb. 15: the walls are closing in on us.


https://nationalpost.com/opinion/stephen-ledrew-canada-should-enforce-the-law-with-wetsuweten-anti-pipeline-protests

https://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-rail-blockades-could-turn-into-a-full-blown-secession-crisis-and-trudeaus-government-is-to--first-nations-pipeline-protests-that-are-shutting-down-the-railways

The National Post and the Financial Post are both sections of an Ottawa daily newspaper. Both were profoundly influenced by Conrad Black, a man I shared radio studio space each week at CBC in Montreal. He was arrogant, pig-headed, contemptuous of anybody who wasn't rich. He went to prison in the U.S. for illegal newspaper methods. (But he wrote a book about what a great guy Donald Trump is - and so got a pardon for his crime.)

Black always favoured the rich - and his newspapers have always reflected that. That's why we get raving newspaper items like the ones above.

Reading this, the impression is that the indigenous leaders are evil and corrupt. And, of course, oil is good for us. Yes. The oil barons will lead us all to joy and prosperity.

Diane Francis and Stephen Ledrew completely ignore the thousands of scientists
who have warned us about the dangers of oil. No. The important thing is that oil makes money for rich people - and rich people are all that count in the Conrad Black world.

And while they attack those indigenous leaders in B.C. for blocking the building of an oil pipeline, they ignore that fact and Indigenous people across Canada oppose the pipeline.  So do a great many other Canadians who are not indigenous. A pipeline will encourage the deadly effects of oil, including spillage. It will encourage the use of a product that could well destroy us all - and soon.

And why are Canadians footing the 15 or so billion dollar price of this pipeline?
Why do we have to build a pipeline for the billionaires who own the oil industry - and who don't pay income tax to anybody.

And this will bring prosperity to Canada? Like hell it will. For a start, it is stealing 15 billion dollars from the rest us.

The Financial Post and the National Post are and always have been kiss-ups for the very rich. These are not newspapers in any real sense. They, like most of our commercial news media, are servants of their wealthy owners.

For a saner view......

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/wetsuweten-coastal-gaslink-pipeline-allies
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/11/trump-puts-cuban-doctors-in-firing-line-as-heat-turned-up-on-island-economy

God bless America. Or whatever.

If Americans are so keen on democracy, shouldn't they try it out on their own country?
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/worst-case-scenario-2050-climate-crisis-future-we-choose-christiana-figueres-tom-rivett-carnac

I did not find this story (or any story) in our Ottawa newspapers. And you, almost certainly, won't find it in yours.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/15/venezuela-schools-collapse-amid-economic-crisis

Public education began 200 years ago. For the first time in history, all children got a chance for education. It was slow to develop, though, and the rich still sent their precious ones to expensive private schools.  (These private schools are not necessarily better, but they do give students a greater sense of arrogance that poses as superiority.)

Starting about 50 years ago, public schools began a dramatic improvement in the benefits of education for their children. But the wealthy wouldn't stand for that.
So the U.S. led the way in increasing privately owned education, often destroying public schools in the process. Governments in both Canada and the U.S. are encouraging this development of education for all. So if the poor are kept poor by inferior education.....tough.

This is very evident in the province of Ontario where I live. Why are they doing this?  To reduce taxes for the very rich - most of whom pay no taxes at all.

Our public schools must have the resources to give all children a chance for advancement.  But as it is, our politicians are impoverishing the schools to keep the poor poor.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-indigenous-first-nations-pipeline-rail-protests-1.5463827

ALL Canadians should be demonstrating in support of indigenous peoples. We, all of us, are paying some 15 billion dollars of our taxes to lay a pipeline as a gift to billionaires. As well, we are insisting it be laid over land that is not ours. Would you support a dangerous pipeline to run through your back yard?

Anyway, it's not just indigenous people who are complaining. A great many Canadians who are not indigenous are equally angry. at this giving away of our taxes to billionaires (who don't pay taxes) so they can perpetuate an industry that is likely to destroy all of us.

We have, maybe, thirty years to make serious progress on this danger. And we're being told that we have to pay billions of our money - which money now cannot be used for schools or medical services or housing for the poor -to people who will happily destroy us for their own profits.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/coronavirus-china-canada-meng-wanzhou-1.5465011
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/teck-frontier-cost-benefit-leach-olszynski-1.5460151

Compare this to the half-wit lying and hysteria of Ottawa's National Post that this blog issue began with.
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For all of this blog's American readers.

https://rabble.ca/news/2020/02/us-commentators-should-learn-about-canadian-health-care-dissing-it
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/02/rail-blockades-are-proving-be-effective-non-violent-response
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/justin-trudeau-lectures-others-about-human-rights-while-forgetting-issues-home
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/amazon-onslaught

And Bolsonaro has the full support of American and Canadian governments.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/traditional-indigenous-and-white-mans-conflicting-rules-of-law-a-coming-to-terms-that-hasnt-been-resolved-since-first-contact
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/14/u-s-lies-and-deaths-in-afghanistan/

Almost all wars are NOT fought for the reasons given to us. World War One was not caused by evil Germans. It was fought to satisfy the greed of capitalists on both sides who wanted to dominate markets. And that was true of France, Britain, Germany, just about all of them.

World War Two was NOT fought because Hitler was evil (though he was evil - but so were most of the others.) Western capitalists liked Hitler (and hated Jews, just as he did.  Yes, we were all guilty of anti-semitism.) They liked Hitler because he was going to hold back communism in Europe. Henry Ford thought Hitler an admirable man. The American oil baron Rockefeller supplied all of the oil that German forces used in all of world war two. Britain and France turned against Hitler only because it became clear he was going to attack them - and because he was becoming a powerful force in the competition of German capitalism.

The U.S. joined world war two only because it hoped to capture control of the British Empire so American capitalists could plunder it as the British capitalists had. They particularly wanted China and they wanted middle east oil.

Forget the sloganeering about 'fighting for the  King' or 'serving one's country'.
Soon after 1945, the U.S. began it's attempt, still going, to conquer the world so it could be plundered by American capitalists. (That's what 'Make America Great' really means.
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https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/02/14/Desmond-Cole-Skin-Were-In-Book-Black-Canadians/

Yes. Canada is and always has been racist. Just check it's treatment of Blacks, indigenous people, Chinese, Muslims. Japanese - and, in Quebec, of English-speaking people.
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Another story that will not appear in Ottawa's National Post.
https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/02/14/RCMP-Accused-Crisis-Press-Freedom/

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/un-special-rapporteur-torture-demolishes-fake-claims-targeting-julian-assange/5703710
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52983.ht
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52979.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52981.htm
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I was into my teens before I knew more than a couple of Jews in Montreal. I soon became impressed by the Jewish community, it's commitment to it's children, it's passion for learning, it's devotion to causes for the betterment of society. It was quite different from the gentile world that I had known. I soon realized that Jews were far more serious and active in 'causes', and for many years they were my favourite audiences in the 60 or so talks I gave every year. I admired there caring for their children, their devotion to needed causes....

Like them, I celebrated the development of Israel - for a time. But I soon realized that Israeli Jews were nothing like the ones I knew in Montreal.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-peace-plan-redraw-borders-exclude-arab-citizens-of-israel/264812/
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/14/news/scheer-blasted-racist-and-absurd-telling-wetsuweten-supporters-check-their-privilege
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/12/opinion/elizabeth-may-asks-what-cost-canada
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https://theantimedia.com/iraq-and-russia-prepare-to-boost-military-ties-as-us-threatens-sanctions/
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We don't have much time to take back control of our own countries and our own lives. In Canada, the Conservatives and the Liberals are a dead loss. The NDP and the Greens are both better. But both of those parties have yet to realize the depth of the crisis we face.

And the U.S.? The Democrats and the Republicans are largely the same. Even the rise of Bernie Sanders has changed enough of that. If Sanders wins the leadership of the Democrats, he will be bogged down with many Democrats who are interchangeable with Republicans.































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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Feb. 13: Not a good day.

BP (British Petroleum) will lead the way in dealing with climate change? Duh, not likely.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/feb/12/bp-statement-on-reaching-net-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2050-what-it-says-and-what-it-means
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/12/venezuela-crisis-babies-die-malnutrition-depression-deprivation-infant-mortality

As this story shows, much of the blame for this horror rests on the government of Venezuela. But that's not the whole story. Much of it also comes from the government of the United States with it's severe sanctions on Venezuela (and those sanctions come with kisses from the Canadian government.)

Babies are dying. Yes, the Venezuelan government is much to blame for this. But so are we. Canada and the U.S. could ease the suffering. But they won't.
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Insects are essential to human survival. Oil wells are not.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/car-splatometer-tests-reveal-huge-decline-number-insects
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/antarctic-temperature-rises-above-20c-first-time-record

Not to worry. Donald Trump and Canada's Conservatives say it's not happening. (The Liberals say it is happening - but they aren't going to do anything.)
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The U.S. has made itself hated in much of the middle east. But our press doesn't see it that way. No. It sees the problem as Muslim "terrorism".

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/syria-us-troops-mission-qamishli-quagmire

Our dreadful treatment of the middle east and of Africa in general goes back well over a century to the horrors comitted by Britain, Belgium, France,  the U.S. - with occasional help from Canada. Indeed, counting the slave trade in Africa, it goes back several centuries. And the U.S., with British help, has murdered millions of men, women, and children.

So which side is made up of 'terrorists'?
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/teck-frontier-cost-benefit-leach-olszynski-1.5460151
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Yes, Canadians can be and often are just as racist as Americans. Nova Scotia probably has the worst record for anti-black racism - but the rest of Canada is not far behind. My uncle was a boxing coach who had to travel with his boxing teams. But finding a hotel or a restaurant that would accept blacks was always a problem.

https://rabble.ca/news/2020/02/mothering-black-lives-matter-movement
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/02/alberta-sheds-jobs-while-rest-country-creates-them
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/jason-kenney-treated-kid-gloves-indigenous-protesters-assault-rifles
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2020/02/albertas-war-room-attack-democracy
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/surprised-no-disgusted-yes-study-shows-deepwater-horizon-oil-spread-much-further
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And here is a story that is not likely to appear in our Ottawa newspapers.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/saddest-thing-wont-be-breaking-news-concentration-co2-hits-record-high-416-ppm
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/mass-murder-new-report-says-air-pollution-fossil-fuel-combustion-causing-45-million
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In all wars, most news media define the actions of an enemy 'evil' or 'terrorist'. The same actions by our side  are 'splendid courage'. That's why so much of our news is and always has been propaganda.

When Britain invaded South Africa to steal its gold for British businessmen, it was glorious. When Canada sent it's army to help the British kill Boers (the Dutch), it was splendid - just like when we sent Canadians to kill Afghanis.

(This is not a criticism of Canadian soldiers. It's a criticism of the rest of us Canadians who have sent them to wars they should not have been sent to. From it's origins, the Canadian Legion has automatically praised wars we should not have fought - like the Boer War, Korea, and Afghanistan. We have sent Canadians to die for British and American billionaires.  Oh, and the "peacekeepers" we sent to Haiti to please our American masters. The Legion should be protecting our military from this abuse, not glorifying war.  Yes. We had to fight Hitler and Japan. But that does not justify sending Canadians to kill and die in all the wars of our British and American masters.)
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/13/no-1-sponsor-terrorism-us-media-name-iran-overlook-candidate-closer-home
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/12/lynching-preachers-how-black-pastors-resisted-jim-crow-white-pastors-incited-racial-violence/

Times change. White Americans now demand that Latin American children should be separated from their parents, and put into wire cages and/or prisons.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/concentration-of-co2-hits-record-high-of-416-ppm
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I'm not sure I agree with the following item. I think we need to learn a lot more before jumping to conclusions.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/western-anti-chinese-propaganda-exaggerates-coronavirus-danger-creates-panic
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This one seems more reasonable.

https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/america-united-the-politics-of-the-coronavirus
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Has Australia learned that it has to deal with climate change? No. And a major reason for the stupor is Australian news media- rather like Canadian and American news media in that respect.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/coded-messages-about-australias-big-burn/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/13/timber-industry-wants-to-rape-and-run-on-our-national-forests/

This is happening in Canada, too - notably in New Brunswick, a province owned by  the Irving Oil family.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/wall-street-invading-wetsuweten-territory/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/02/11/Canada-Arbitrarily-Detains-Migrants/

Many Canadians will, of course, get tough on migrants in order to maintain Canadian culture. In fact, there never has been a Canadian culture. No, not even in French Quebec. We have always been subject to waves of immigration - French, English, Irish, Germans, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese and many, many others. Each of these have sent us into panic for the "loss of our culture" - though few even know what that means. Indeed, no society has just one culture. Even without migrants, we all have the "cultures" of the poor and the "cultures of the rich".

I attended schools with rich, poor, Japanese, Jews, Brits, Syrians, Italians, Blacks, Chinese ......And we all seemed pretty much the same.

I lived most of my life in Quebec where French separatists are convinced they must segregate all the non-French to accomodate the French as the original settlers. 1. The French culture of my childhood, a culture of Catholicism, has almost disappeared. So shouldn't they be passing laws to force people to be Catholics?  2. French were not the original settlers of Quebec. Those were and are the indigenous peoples of the region. So shouldn't the French of Quebec go back to France, and let indiginous peoples have their land and cultures back?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52973.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52975.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/13/news/story-wetsuweten-protest-line
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60 percent of Canada's indigenous people died of European diseases from 1700 on. In Newfoundland into the 1800s, all of them died. Some were killed by the French and English settlers, though not by the mass murder that was inflicted on American aboriginals. In more recent times, at least 4,000 aboriginal women have disappeared, most of them probably murdered.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/first-nations-canada-european-settlers-diseases-killed-almost-60-genetic-study-british-columbia-a7418441.html
Sieg heil.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/09/features/how-oil-industry-pumped-americans-full-fake-news
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/12/opinion/elizabeth-may-asks-what-cost-canada
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/10/opinion/jason-kenney-blackmailing-canada-wont-solve-climate-crisis
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https://theantimedia.com/iraq-and-russia-prepare-to-boost-military-ties-as-us-threatens-sanctions/

75 years ago, we had a chance to end wars. Instead, the U.S. set out to conquer the world - all for the benefit of American billionaires. The U.S. isn't going to conquer the world. However, there is every possibility it is going to destroy it.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.mintpressnews.com/abby-martin-lawsuit-state-georgia-over-bds-law/264798/
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I have no cheering words. The greed and irresponsibility - no - the stupidity and arrogance of our leading capitalists is what is in control.  A world war is very possible, even likely. And no-one can even imagine the horror of that. Added to that is the determination of the very wealthy to go on producing oil. (Nor, I suspect, is it even possible at this late date to stop our destruction of humanity.)
In the face of any future war after 1945, the whole world had to restructure it's values and priorities. But we didn't do it. Instead, we allowed the world to destroy itself, and this time for a final destruction.

In particular, forget any possibility that Canada or the U.S. or Britain or Russia or China will make any attempt to deal with the threat of climate change. They have done nothing for thirty years. And there is not the slightest sign  they intend to do anything now.

And the Canadian and American people? They simply stand around with their faces hanging out. We could, maybe, be saved by an intelligent and informed public. But that's exactly what we don't have.
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happening.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Feb. 11:: Down and downer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Guatemalan_coup_d%27%C3%A9tatfeb

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Wow! I made youtube. This must be some twenty years ago in which I appeared twice in a movie- once sitting with my back to a window, and once beside a plaque of some sort. Fame at last!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD8UOwJJ4D4&t=48s
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The is far the most extreme fear of coronavirus I have seen. As you read, remember this is  extreme and, I hope, wrong.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/11/coronavirus-expert-warns-infection-could-reach-60-of-worlds-population
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https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/feb/11/life-on-lesbos-whats-happening-to-the-refugees-there-podcast

We humans are going to have to learn to live with each other - and to forget the nonsense that those of differing languages and religions and races cannot live with each other.

The idea that nations like Canada and the U.S. must preserve their Christianity by keeping out Jews, for example, existed until well after World War Two. And Blacks? It was only possible to preserve our white values by keeping Blacks as slaves. Catholics and Protestants have long remained separate, and often taught to hate each other. How many U.S. presidents have been Catholics? Or Jews? In Canada, Chinese were often forced to live in ghettos. So were Blacks until VERY recently.

As I write this, the U.S. is being taught to hate Latins. Both Canada and the U.S. see Muslims as being destructive of their values.

Let's get over it, shall we? We live in a world that cannot afford bigotry. And most of us are defending values we really don't have. Indeed, the world's greatest killers and plunderers over the last several  hundred years have been white Christians. And I really don't think killing and plundering was what Jesus had in mind.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/11/migrants-fleeing-central-america-guatemala-honduras-el-

Another sample of American 'values' in action.
And why the migrants fleeing their homes? Obviously, it's because their home countries have been made unlivable by American 'values'.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/11/trump-economy-poor-americans-vulnerability
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/06/canadian-police-arrest-activists-blocking-gas-pipeline-indigenous-land-wetsuweten
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/10/the-guardian-view-on-climate-anxiety-we-live-in-frightening-times
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/anti-pipeline-protest-vancouver-ports-1.5457912

Canadian governments talk a good game about indigenous rights. But it has never honoured them.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/philippines-usa-military-pact-1.5459303

Over 120 years ago,  the U.S. conquered The Phillipines for the American empire. It killed 20,000 at least of the Phillipine army, and and even larger number of civilians. Estimates run as high as a million for deaths by starvation.
From then until now, it has controlled The Phillipines. But no more.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/02/wetsuweten-land-defenders-face-risks-experienced
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2020/02/climate-change-priority-issue-cupw
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/02/former-us-ambassador-canada-unaware-any-conversation-plot
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https://www.thenation.com/article/economy/trump-budget-economy-military/

The biggest enemies we face are not Chinese or Russians. The biggest and most ruthless are our very own billionaires.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/health-care-universal-buttigieg/
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https://www.straight.com/news/518106/gwynne-dyer-global-economy-faces-financial-crisis-perfect-storm
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Dresden - where the deliberate killing of civilians became the new form of war.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/10/beasts-and-bombings-reflecting-dresden-february-1945
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/10/world-war-iiis-newest-battlefield/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/02/10/Emotions-High-Unistoten-Arrests/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/02/11/Canada-Arbitrarily-Detains-Migrants/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/01/17/Indigenous-Rights-Canada-Militarized-Police/
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Ontario has become a leader in the war against public education. Teachers are paid as little as possible. There is as little spending on public schools as possible.
Universities can be attended only at such a cost that graduates have to pay it back for 15 years and more. (An added problem is that universities are not really educational institutions since their professors, almost all of them, have no training whatever in education. I pointed that out in an article of 20 years ago that I shall never be forgiven for.)

The public school, going back to the early 19th century, for the first time gave opportunity to the poor as well as to the rich. But it hasn't done that for a century and more. I was born poor, and almost all of my friends and classmates would never have a chance for much education. For the most part, the poor stay poor because that's the way the rich like it while they can send their children to private schools partially subidized by our tax money.

(In my teaching experience in public school and university, I did not find the graduates of private schools all that good. But their access to private education made them aware of their  "superiority".) Most of the kids I knew as a public school students had an experience that convinced them of their own inferiority so that they (including me) dropped out early to get low-paying jobs.

Governments are now making things worse, and destroying the role of public education in producing an intelligent population. Instead, they prefer the rich kids of the private schools as an elite class. Public education was one of the great triumphs of this world. And servants of the rich, like the premier of Ontario, are destroying it.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/ford-fight-educators/5703371

(Our masters also force on the public schools' history books that encourage the mythology of how  God created Britain (and now the U.S.), to murder and plunder all over the world.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/west-virginia-oil-gas-critical-infrastructure-anti-protest-bills/5703279
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/gulf-alaska-fishery-close-first-time-ever-no-more-cod-salmon/5697199
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/bankers-shape-canadian-policy-latin-america/5703148
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52965.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52970.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52971.htm
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https://theantimedia.com/iraq-and-russia-prepare-to-boost-military-ties-as-us-threatens-sanctions/
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I'm not at all sure about the optimism for Sanders in this item. Nor am I sure that Sanders is nearly so radical as is needed - nor do I think he could carry the elected Democrats with him if did win the presidency. But it's a nice thought.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/democrats-panic-bernie-sanders-predicted-win-all-50-states/264716/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-homelessness-czar-seeks-to-further-criminalize-the-homeless/
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As I read the next item, I was reminded of the horror of driving through the ruined  and filthy streets of Detroit.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/418572-us-decline-poverty-un/
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb. 8: A bad year.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/07/antarctica-logs-hottest-temperature-on-record-with-a-reading-of-183c

The headline above is a little misleading. It should read 18.3 centigrade (65 fahrenheit.) That's warm enough to lie out in the sun wearing a bathing suit.

Not to worry. Canada's Liberals and Conservatives are on the job. They and Donald Trump  will quickly fix things - mostly by ignoring the news.  And the Ottawa newspapers will follow this closely - perhaps some day when there is no hockey game to report.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/cathy-crowes-blog/2020/02/there-no-winterlicious-festival-torontos-homeless-people

All of Canada does virtually nothing for the poor and the homeless. Oil billionaires want a pipeline, and they want the federal government to pay for it. And our federal government jumps at it. The poor and homeless on the streets? The hell with them. The story above is about Toronto, the home of Ontario's premier.
But worry not. Check out photos of premier Doug Ford on the web. He has been eating (very) regularly.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/07/guatemala-hunger-famine-flee-north

Contrary to American perceptions as formed by Trump, Latin Americans are not criminals fleeing to the U.S. Millions live below starvations levels - partly because of climate change, partly because of starvation enforced by the U.S. (as in low salaries for those employed by U.S. and Canadian corporations.)

Where have the West's Christian churches been for the last several hundred years on issues like this?
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/06/brazil-bolsonaro-commercial-mining-indigenous-land-bill

Bolsonaro. Now, there's a good friend of the U.S. and Canada in Latin America.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/06/canadian-police-arrest-activists-blocking-gas-pipeline-indigenous-land-wetsuweten

I have been in such a situation several times with an angry crowd facing RCMP backed by snipers. With a crowd so large, it is impossible to prevent some people (usually very few) in the crowd from bringing in knives or pistols. Then the lid is off.
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The government of India has so abandoned all the principles that Ghandi spoke of that it now resembles the bad old days of British rule.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/06/feed-them-bullets-not-biriyani-bjp-uses-delhi-elections-to-stoke-religious-hatred

It's now more like Donald Trump than Ghandi.
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians-blog/2020/02/canadians-should-not-be-lulled-ratifying-new-nafta
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http://gwynnedyer.com/2020/time-to-start-shredding/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/07/consistent-mass-extinction-new-study-warns-climate-chaos-driving-rapid-decline
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/06/trumps-final-plan-open-treasured-public-lands-utah-called-sellout-big-oil

Do our oil barons realize that climate change is real? Of course they do. They may be liars, but they aren't idiots. What they're doing is keeping their  profits as high as possible and as long as possible. Is that dangerous?  You bet.

But yes. Of course they know the risk we are all taking.
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/06/ray-mcgovern-german-tv-exposes-the-lies-that-entrapped-julian-assange/

The treatment of Julian Assange by Britain, the U.S., Sweden..reminds me of Hitler's methods. Isn't it odd that our commercial news media have ignored it?

No. It's not odd.

Our commercial news media starting with the mass press about 1870 have always been propaganda agents for their wealthy owners. Perhaps the best known was an American man named Kane. He lied constantly in his papers to, for example, provoke a war in Cuba, lying that Cubans had sunk an American ship while it was in a Cuba port.

He did it because wealthy Americans wanted Guantanamo as an American naval base to control the Caribbean. Linked to that, he wanted a part of Colombia to build a canal. Colombia didn't want to hand it over. So President Theodore Roosevelt staged a phony rebellion to take it. And this gave American business control of a major world passage.

The greed of the wealthy has been the reason for almost all American wars from the days of the Pilgrim fathers. (And that includes at least four American invasions of Canada.)

That billionaire use of most of our news media is why most of our commercial news media are simply propaganda and lies. And that's why I write a blog - to find some honest sources. And, among the honest media are The Guardian, Haaretz (of Israel) and CBC (though the latter can suffer from government interference.)

There's film about Kane the 'journalist'. It's called Citizen Kane, and it's one of the best films ever made.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/the-rama-of-gandhi

Amazing how our religions have always been used to attack other people's religions.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/07/the-game-is-rigged/
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/02/07/Second-Raid-Wetsuweten/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/02/06/Wetsuweten-Raids-Canada-Chooses-Colonialism-Again/
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/02/07/Fake-News-Coronavirus-Sows-Division/
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/vassy-trans-mountain-pipeline-1.5455387

So Canada is now in the hole for 16 billion dollars - for which the billionaire recipients have to pay nothing, not even in income tax, - and for which we'll have to cut back on trivial spending like public education.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-iran-north-korea-almost-encircled-500-us-military-bases/5702990

To plan for a war on that scale in this age of nuclear and biological weapons is insane. It's only virtue is that it would destroy all of us even before the oil industry will.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/canada-palestine-deal-century-four-statements/5702985

For many years, I spoke to many Jewish groups in Montreal - as well as Christian ones. Jewush groups were always my best audiences. They were  tough and they insisted on a serious lecture. (I noticed that Christian ones were more interested just in getting laughs.)

But now I'm in Ottawa and, oh, I miss Montreal's Jews.
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I really don't know enough about the subject to comment on this one or even to guess at it's accuracy. So I include it hoping it's dead wrong.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52959.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52957.htm

I recently heard a Canadian politicians say, angrily, that Putin has ruthlessly murdered hundreds of his political opponents. Well, for a start, killing political opponents is a pastime all over the world -  though U.S. presidents have specialized in murdering polical opponents in the U.S. empire - like Latin America. I'm not aware of any such massive political killings by Putin.

But since 1945, the U.S. has been far the world's biggest killer.

Can the U.S. defeat Russia? The U.S. record in Korea and Afghanistan and Vietnam is not impressive. No, a war with Russia would have to be massive and nuclear and chemical on both sides.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52956.htm

Somehow, I don't think that Jesus would have given such a speech of hatred at a National Prayer Breakfast. But that kind of hatred has long been common among Christians.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/08/news/climate-movement-readies-battle-trump-keystone-xl
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/07/news/humanity-under-threat-perfect-storm-crises
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/06/opinion/why-canada-must-not-approve-teck-frontier-mine
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https://off-guardian.org/2020/02/07/why-food-systems-are-breaking-down-across-the-world/
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https://theantimedia.com/iraq-and-russia-prepare-to-boost-military-ties-as-us-threatens-sanctions/

We, all of us on this planet, cannot survive any more wars - especially nuclear ones.  So why are we creating them?
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The U.S. tomorrow?

https://truthout.org/articles/we-cant-take-our-eyes-off-right-wing-militias-as-election-approaches/

The divisions in the U.S. are deep and with a high likelihood  of real, national disorder.
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https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-sotu-speech-bristled-with-fascist-politics/
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https://truthout.org/articles/trump-administration-reintroduces-catastrophic-reagan-era-disability-cuts/
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https://pressprogress.ca/group-behind-mysterious-anti-teacher-attack-ads-is-chaired-by-a-well-connected-conservative-millionaire/?fbclid=IwAR21YFN1ItMBRalKYbwyFxZQCG8XMDHmRrs_dwe6Rt74cWVG-yXFmTNiFN4

Greed, corruption, bullying - a specialty of the Conservative party of Ontario.
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https://thesaker.is/putin-marks-75th-anniversary-of-wwii-with-speech-warning-about-looming-global-conflict/

Oh, I know. I know. Putin is evil with no trace of the Christian values that Trump represents.
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This year may well be the most vicious and dangerous in the history of this planet. There is every possibility of a world, nuclear war that all would suffer. There is a wide, if inarticulate, disillusion with democracy. Indeed, there is even a hatred of democracy on the part of our very wealthy. There is widespread destruction of agriculture in much of the world, much of it the result of climate change, That has meant millions, particularly Africans, fleeing their countries only to be blocked, perhaps kicked out to drown at sea, or perhaps  confined to vile and shabby camps where they are allowed to die.

The Christian churches have been largely indifferent to the suffering. (They almost always have been indifferent for almost 2,000 years.) In particular, evangelical Christians in the U.S. (and Canada) rejoice for a year that could
 send them to heaven and all others to hell.

The Canadian and American people, like most of the rest of the world, are horribly ill-informed and naive. And we accept that as normal. It is even possible - maybe likely - that the U.S. will be in a civil war in this year.

We are in for a very dangerous year. Here in Canada, the Liberals and Conservatives are a dead loss. The NDP is better but, oh, it needs to get much tougher. Alas, it's a weaker party than the CCF that we have before it. But the CCF weakened it's principles in the hope this would make it better funded. I know that from a supper I had with the CCF leader who organized the conversion of the CCF to the NDP.) Result - the CCF weakened it's principles - and gained nothing.

No. I'm not exaggerating about all this. I wish I were.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Feb. 6: Our Last Chance

https://www.rt.com/news/480256-pope-francis-tax-cuts/

I wonder how many Canadians and Americans did NOT see this story in their local news media.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/bumblebees-decline-points-to-mass-extinction-study

This study comes from scientists here in Ontario. But the premier of Ontario is not what anyone would call smart. So he won't pay any attention to them.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/when-it-comes-to-climate-hypocrisy-canadas-leaders-have-reached-a-new-low

How can Canada even pretend to have a climate change policy when it approves of a new pipeline which, to be worthwhile, has to be producing even more oil for  many years to come?

How can Canada do it when it is running much of that pipeline through indigenous land? I can't imagine Canada, for example, running it through the home of an oil billionaire. But Canada is, quite likely, prepared to do some killing, if necessary.

And why on earth are we picking up the bill for the creation of that pipeline? Shouldn't billionaires be paying for their own projects?
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-teacher-strike-etfo-analysis-osstf-oecta-1.545344

Teacher strikes in North America used to be rare. Now they're becoming common. What's this about? Are teachers getting greedy?

When the world and I were  young, I became a grade seven teacher in Quebec. with a class of 32 students. The school boards and the governments assured us that this class crowding  would soon be dealt with. Since then, nothing has happened.

You can't properly teach a class of that size.

As well, the salary was pretty feeble at less than $150 a month. It was not possble to live in even a very cheap apartment at that salary. It was even less than my earlier salary as a mail boy. Oh, it got a little better. But not much. And so we had and still have a school system designed designed to fail us and our students.

So why is it still like that?

Most of our politicians in North America exist to serve the very rich. The very rich send their children to private schools (partially subsidized by our taxes.) They don't  care about schools for the rest of us. That's why most of our politicians have done nothing for the  public schools in all those years.

Most of our politicians do care about the very rich. That's why when they have gone into our taxes to give handouts in the billions to the very rich; and when they cut taxes for the very rich, the way they balance it is by cancelling services like education to the rest of us. The U.S. is going even   further with it's privatization of what used to be public schools. It's education for profit - which means it really isn't education at all.

Premier Doug Ford of Ontario is the fawning servant of the very rich. The price of  his fawning is the gutting of public education.

Oh? Are private kids schools better than public schools? In the years I taught university, I saw no evidence of that. There were lots of rich kids there. I  taught many of them. But most of them were quite ordinary as students. However, they had learned in their private schools day that they were superior to others.

In short, the Doug Fords of this world are robbing us and our children to serve the rich (and their children.)
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/state-of-the-union-highlights-1.5452391

I watched Trump's state of the union address. This CBC report is kind to him.
Trump constantly lies. His praise for American prosperity, for example, is full of lies. Anyone who disagrees with anything he says is branded as evil.

Whether he wins or loses the next election, the U.S. is savagely and dangerously divided - and that means the whole world is in the greatest danger it has ever known. Nor will the Democrats be much help. Apart from Sanders and his following, Democrats are not much different from Republicans.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mideast-peace-proposal-trump-jordan-valley-reacts-1.5453418

The West - and Israel - are imitating Hitler's holocaust.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/06/brazil-bolsonaro-commercial-mining-indigenous-land-bill
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-with-trumps-acquittal-democrats-turn-to-finding-candidate-for-election
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/02/trans-mountain-ruling-looks-win-alberta-world-drives-away
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https://www.thenation.com/article/world/israel-palestine-trump-netanyahu/
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/02/06/forget-trumps-lies-heres-real-economic-state-union

The same sort of thing is happening in Canada. So how come our news media don't tell us more about it? For at least forty years, the West in general has been impoverishing hundreds of millions to fill the secret bank accounts of billionaires.
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/palestinians-have-no-choice-but-to-resist-injustice

It wasn't Palestinians who murdered Europe's Jews. That was Hitler. And it wasn't Britain or Canada or the U.S. that offered them shelter. (That was more likely to be China.) British, Canadians and Americans at all levels refused to help even those Jews who escaped. The truth is we were on Hitler's side on that issue. And when we did send Jews to Israel, it was to get rid of them, not to help them. In fact, Jews and Arabs had shared Israel in peace and cooperation for most of modern history

But ever since we created Israel, we have supported Israel in it's criminal abuse of Muslims in both Israel and Palestine.

Yes. The holocaust was terrible. But let's remember the holocaust was created by Christians - and it was us Christians who refused to help Europe's Jews throughout the war.

That 'Christian' attitude still exists. I shall never forget the day I was invited to play baseball at a lake that was the exclusive resort of Montreal's wealthiest.
That night there was an emerbency meeting of the lake association to find out who had invited the Jew up.  (The 'Jew' was me because, as the director of a YMHA camp, (Young Men's Hebrew Association), I was wearing a YMHA t-shirt that summer.
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/02/06/RCMP-Move-to-Evict/

So much for the idea that Canada's indigenous people have a right to their own land. So much for the idea that Trudeau and the Liberals (like the Conservatives) have any intention of dealing with climate change.

This one could become dangerous - and dangerous all across Canada. And very, very ugly.
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/02/05/Federal-Court-Trans-Mountain-Ruling-Betrays-Reconciliation/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52949.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52947.htm

This is something that Canadians and Americans and many Europeans, especially including the British, have to learn.
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Similar to the site above - and also worth reading - is this one.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52951.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52950.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52943.ht
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/05/news/sea-level-rise-accelerating-us-coastline
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As I began this issue of The Decarie Report, I found the news was depressingly limited.  I felt that way for all of it. But -oh, it is dreadfully bad news. We are now close to the final war that will end human life on this planet. No-one will win the final war. It's insane to plan for such a war. But we are ruled, really, by the super greedy whose every thought is shaped by the intensity of their greed.

Democracy? It's largely just a word. Americans pride themselves on being democratic. The reality is that the U.S.  is not and never has been a democracy. And most of it's wars for democracy - as in Latin America - have been to destroy democracy.

What we have to do now is to cut back on our wars, and do what we said we would do in 1945, to establish peace with other countries.  That's what the UN was supposed to be about, with all humanity coming together - all religions, all races, to maintain peace in the world. Instead, we made it a tool for the super rich of the world.

In the conext of our society, to even think of using the UN for peace is idealistic, I know. But the alternative is universal destruction prompted by greed.

And to accomplish what needs to be done, we have to overcome the power of our greedy who use the excuse get massive contracts by diverting our interest from serving people to serving the greatest and most dangerous greed in human history, the greed for military spending.

















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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Feb. 03: "We've won the war, now we've got to win the peace."

News media of most countries have always described enemy nations as evil and their own side as good. In the days of British Empire That was - or should have been obvious in the days when the British were killing hundreds of millions and enslaving hundreds of millions, Britain itself (in the British press) was always hailed as glorious. And all of the conquered people of India, China, etc. were treacherous.

The same press treatment has been common in American and Canadian news media. When Americans were slaughtering indigenous peoples, men, women, and children, and stealing their land, it was glorious. General Custer, whose killing missions made him a hero, was part of this. (In fact, think of all the western movies you've ever seen. In most, perhaps inc all, the American cavalry is always good and kind and heroic.) And when the American presidents, starting with Latin America and The Philippines, murdered and plundered on a grand scale, they were heroes- making America great - rather like Donald Trump is making it great.

Hitler? Oh, unlike British and Americans , Hitler was evil in our news media. He certainly was evil. But,  late in World War Two when British and American bombing started to specialize in the killing of German  civilians, the press never even mentioned it. (Actually, Churchill was a leader in the killing of civilians. As minister of the colonies in 1920, he ordered the RAF to bomb only civilians in their attacks on the Kurds.)

When the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it chose those cities because they were largely civilian. That was followed in Korea with the deliberate bombing of civilian targets, including children. And that was also done to neighbouring countries in the region. The killing of children was not accidental. They were prime targets, something the press did not notice, and has not noticed much in the starvation of babies and children in, for example, Yemen.

In Vietnam, the US freely dropped chemical poisons on   - everything - men, women- children. Babies were horribly poisoned, a great many of them born barely human, and dying after just a few years.  In general, there is no reliable record of the numbers of civilian and child deaths in American wars since 1945, It's just high. And, very often - almost always - these were wars against countries that in no way threatened the U.S. Afghanistan had nothing to do with  the 9/11 attack in New York. There is no legal reason for that war. The U.S. had no business poking into Vietnam - or Iraq - and it has none for it's hostile actions toward Iran.

As for it's 120 years of creating poverty in Latin America, those wars have killed not only soldiers but even greater numbers of civilians and children. In almost all wars, these have been fought only to satisfy the greed of American (and some Canadian} billionaires.

These wars have caused death for millions, and hunger and poverty for survivors. Thus the millions in this world dying of starvation. And thus the refusal of American and European governments to let migrants in.  No. Let them die to please our billionaires. Indeed, the similarity between Hitler's holocaust and the U.S. refusal to let starving migrants in is marked. And both were and are

 supported by civilians who followed the gospel of racism.

And Canada has, usually quietly, joined in with American troops as in Korea, Afghanistan, Libya, Haiti.... And how does our press phrase it?

We are fighting terrorists, yes. It's no longer enough to call them enemies.  No. our press now calls them terrorists. Most of those people who are now fighting against us are fighting to defend their countries against western aggression and plundering and worse, So they're terrorists, and  ours are brave lads.

There was nothing new about the viciousness of Hitler, and nothing new about the German acceptance of it, nothing new about the racism of it all. It has existed for centuries. We are still living in the age of Nazism and imperialism. If we want to see what a Nazi looks like, today, we have only  to  look in a mirror.

(Oh, is the government of Iran evil? It's certainly not popular, not even in Iran.
Iran once had a real democracy - just after World War Two. But the U.S. and Britain interfered to destroy it and impose a dictator so American billionaires could plunder it's oil. A generation later, Iran managed to kick out the dictator, but was less successful in re-establishing a popular democracy.)

All this  is what Trump calls making America great again. It's a term Hitler could have used - "make Germany great again." Yeah.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/iraq-iran-special-forces-isis-islamic-state-1.5450655

Why are Canadian troops in Iraq? It has nothing to do with us. In fact, it's a war that was illegal for Americans and British in the first place. They knew long before they started that war that the reasons they gave for the war were lies. Canada knew that. So why did we send troops?

Because Canada is a puppet to help America be great again.
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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/04/scottish-independence-survey-shows-brexit-has-put-union-at-risk

Good news for all my Scottish ancestors.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/04/global-heating-a-serious-threat-to-the-worlds-climate-refuges-study-finds

This is not a story likely to be found in most North American daily papers.
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/04/what-happened-iowa-caucuses-quick-guide-democrats
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https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2020/02/sex-education-not-just-about-putting-condoms-bananas
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/change-gonna-come/2020/02/doug-fords-education-cuts-are-killing-our-future

All over North America, many political leaders, like Doug Ford of Ontario, are destroying public education. Commonly, they do so to turn public education back  200 years to the days when all education was for private profit and when most children could get no education at all.

Children's perceptions of life are formed by societies' treatment of them. In my grade school days, I lived in a district that was poor. And we didn't expect to have a chance. I well remember my first year class at a four room school. Only one person in that class (not me) would finish high school. Most dropped out by grade nine or earlier. (I flunked grade ten, and was  kicked out in grade 11.)

Parents and neighbours thought nothing of that. It was standard for our social class. My salvation actually began in late high school  when a large number of my classmates were Jewish boys. Jewish children were raised to believe in the importance of education, and most of my Jewish classmates went on to become lawyers, doctors, writers.... while I became a mail clerk. And when I started, some years later, to take evening courses at a university, our family friends (and much of my family)  disapproved of my attempt to "rise above my station."

Education is probably the most important period in our lives. But to politicians bankrolled by billionaires, it is not to be wasted on the great unwashed. No. Real education should be for the rich who can pay for it - with the help of government subsidies. Rich kids need education. And nobody gives a damn about the rest.

And so, for the rest of us, it's something to be run on the cheap. (After all, Canada needs people dumb enough to vote Conservative or Liberal.)
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/activist-toolkit-blog/2020/02/ways-support-ontarios-teachers
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https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2020/02/what-brexit-and-ottawas-decision-teck-oil-sands-mine-have
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https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/encryption-backdoors-biggest-threat-our-privacy-no-one-talking-about
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https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/its-time-to-leave-iraq-once-and-for-all/

And that means Canadian troops should not be in Iraq, either.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-pandemic-healthcare/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/04/majority-mine-victims-are-children-eu-condemns-trump-rollback-landmine-restrictions

Well, you can't let those children grow up and become terrorists. I'm sure our Christian churches would approve of this.
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https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/02/03/new-research-shows-frackings-grave-toll-climate
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https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/04/buttigieg-backer-top-funder-of-group-behind-iowas-disastrous-voting-app/
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https://countercurrents.org/2020/02/scientists-sign-open-letter-to-australian-government-urging-action-on-climate-crisis

Will Australia take any serious action? Probably not - in line with the U.S. and part of Canada.
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https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=373697047018228084#allposts
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/earth-heating-rate-equivalent-five-atomic-bombs-per-second-two-hurricane-sandy/5702632

This can't be true. If it were true, Ontario's premier Ford would know. He's real smart and has a high school leaving certificate. So he knows things.

Besides - Canadian voters are real dumb.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/united-states-america-vast-tapestry-lies-illusions/5702611

Most 'democratic' countries have delusions about their "democracies". U.S. government has always, from the start, been a tool of the wealthy. Ditto for Canadian democracy. British 'democracy' has largely meant government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy. I realized that long ago when I taught Canadian history in a high school. High school history books are mostly propaganda. And Canadian federal governments, from the start, have always been the servants of big money. That's why Justin Trudeau has done nothing useful about dealing with climate change.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52941.htm

So much for Trump's bragging about American prosperity. Even Canada is better - but worse than it should be. For most people born into poverty, they stay in poverty. Poverty is their own and only world. And it's not because they're stupid or lazy. It's because that's the only world they ever learn about.

That's why Ontario's twit of a premier should give the children of his province a far, far better education than they're getting.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52943.htm

This is stunning. And what it means is profoundly dangerous and deep division among the American people. There is strong possibility of that being so deep it could lead to very dangerous divisions among the American people.
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And here's another reason why the U.S. could be headed for very serious violence.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52935.htm

This is a country in which major capitalists are running wild - and running on a pure greed. That's very dangerous for a country with a high poverty rate and few (and meager) social programmes.
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https://www.republik.ch/2020/01/31/nils-melzer-about-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOkfVxkusc&list=PLKX-YBD4nIPc0N1-B7PkrKGYVhznPH4V9&index=108

The richest country in the world.....
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/04/news/court-dismisses-indigenous-challenges-trans-mountain-pipeline

Expect nothing from the Liberals or Conservatives.  They are - and always have been - bought by the wealthy.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/23/news/everything-you-need-know-about-un-climate-refugee-ruling-and-canada

In fact, we are creating the horrors that climate refugees are fleeing.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/04/opinion/246-academics-call-government-act-now-avoid-global-collapse

Of course, they ain't real smart like premier Ford of Ontario is.
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-us-military-has-a-legacy-of-wars-without-victory-and-weapons-without-end/
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After writing every one of these blogs, I think back to the day I was sent home from grade 6 for being late - and my mother simply scooped me up to go to downtown Montreal with her. And so I walked into huge mobs of happy people, and I saw the signs. The war was over. We had won! My father would be coming back soon! It was wonderful.

Then I saw the signs that said, "We've won the war!". We've won it. "Now we've got to win the peace."

But we didn't win the peace. We never even tried. Instead, U.S. billionaires set out to conquer the world. They
 took over the middle east oil fields that the British had plundered, and did their own plundering - as they are still doing. They even tried to take over Britain's greatest imperial holding - the China that the British had been plundering for over a century. That's what the Korean war was really all about. And so Canada became an American satellite as it had once been a British one.

(In effect, in World War 2 the British were big losers to the U.S. corporations. And Canada became an American puppet, largely because Canadian billionaires wanted to get in bed with American ones.)

This was all 75 years ago. 1945 didn't mark the end of war. It marked the beginning in all the years since then of the wars of billionaires. Those wars haven't worked. And they aren't going to.

We need a huge change - and it's not going to come from Republicans or most Democrats or Liberals or Conservatives.
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The great promise of capitalism, going back perhaps 300 years, was that it would bring prosperty to all of us. But it has never, not in all these years, ever done so.
Those capitalists of the years of British empire became rich beyond belief. Most of the British people lived in filth and hunger. The American people, for all the wealth of the American capitalists have never escaped the clutches of capitalists. Indeed, the prosperity that seemed to be invitable after World War 2, has been going downhill for most Americans for the last 40 years. All of the wealth has been snatched up and kept by the very wealthy.

But these wealthy hold uncounted billions of dollars and still search for more. Why? They have more money than they can possible spend. Why do they try so hard to get more?

Psychiatrists have speculate that these are dreadfully insecure people who pile up more and more wealth in their search to become secure. Donald Trump shows many signs of that as he has spent years seeking publicity and admiration for himself. His speeches are full of self-praise. Donald Trump ran for president to assure himself that he is wonderful. But for those like himself who are greedy for praise, he will never be able to satisfy his doubts. And that shows in most of his speeches.

People like Donald Trump dominate power in the western world - and the whole world is suffering for it because they will never feel secure no matter how many billions they have. And unless we take action very soon, it will be too late for us.
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